As an Outward Bound instructor, Will Parks has taught mountaineering and rock climbing to tough, brawny sorts. But he’s found that it’s not physical agility, but mindset, that empowers people to triumph over difficult situations. Will strives to impart that lesson via Adventure Dynamics’s courses. Though it’s exhilarating to race down the 400-foot zipline overlooking the Spokane River and skitter across a five-story balance beam, the challenges are all, ultimately, a means to an end.
Will Parks has welcomed a variety of groups and has watched as people learn to communicate in high-stress situations, be it while in the middle of the ropes course or while grappling with the reality of Morgan Freeman’s mortality. “One day of work here is equal to one month in the office,” says Will, pointing to the intensity of interactions that take place and the bonds that form thereafter. “People don’t remember what they learn by lecture or presentation. They remember what they do.
Because no two body imprints are the same, Mattress Land’s on-deck relaxologists use exclusive bedMatch diagnostic technology to determine the ideal snooze position for each customer, as well as the ideal mattress. Comfy cushions come from premier brands such as Simmons, Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Laura Ashley, and SleepFit, and shoppers can upgrade to latex mattresses or mattresses with My Side technology, which accommodates the differing body types of spouses and accidentally conjoined mad scientists. After a good night's sleep, patrons find that joints ache less and that dreams last longer and contain fewer calculus tests. Staffers perform free local delivery and removal for purchases $599 and up, so customers and their unwanted bedding can avoid awkward goodbyes. Every mattress comes stamped with the store's own 100-day Comfort Guarantee, which gives dissatisfied customers full credit towards a new mattress.
Added Touch Framing and Gallery shields patrons' valued items in attractive, protective custom frames. The storefront's experienced artisans have encased everything from cherished family photographs to tribal masks; in the framing service, the team will apply matting (if applicable), cover the piece in protective glass, and outline it with a frame specifically fitted to the subject. Though framing projects differ in price depending on the featured item's size, weight, difficulty, and vaccination record, a 22”x28” picture with a single mat would cost about $80, a 24"x26" image with frame, mat, and glass goes for about $87, and sports jerseys are immortalized for prices starting at $200. Before framed treasures make their debut above the mantle or in Mickey Mantle's childhood bedroom, the framers stand behind the quality of their work with a craftsmanship guarantee to ensure pieces are free of structural cracks and flaws.
Thirty years ago, the Mielke family shifted its trade from cherry packing to growing, harvesting, and aging the grapes at Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, which has won CityVoter's award for Best Winery for the last three years. The winery encompasses a warm-toned tasting room downtown as well as a 1924 Florentine-style estate perched on a cliff overlooking the Spokane River. The estate, registered as a National Historic Landmark, is home to a stone gazebo, 4 acres of gardens, and a gigantic checkers board for trees bored with feigning stillness. At each tasting room, knowledgeable oenophiles introduce palates to more than 15 handcrafted vintages to taste and take home. In addition to fermenting wines from its own grapes, the Mielke family sources grapes from mature vineyards around Washington.
The Lincoln Center is a 29,000-square-foot art-deco facility housing ballrooms and meeting halls ideal for weddings, galas, awards ceremonies, and other events. The center has six varying and multifunctional rooms, ranging from 200-person ballrooms to libraries and art galleries.
For weddings, the staff can take care of floral arrangements and catering, while corporate event planners use stage lighting, audio-visual services, and Ozzy Osbourne to make quarterly profit reports more exciting. The stylish ballrooms are put to good use with events such as the Bling! in the New Year party and a beer showcase sponsored by New Belgium Brewery.
Though they acknowledge that other automatic options may be quicker, the friendly staff at Inside-n-Out Handwash takes pride in the attentiveness with which they service each customer’s car. Their hands-on approach allows them to tailor their services to each car’s most sullied spots as they manually scrub, dry, vacuum, and wax headlights’ eyebrows. Inside-n-Out stocks only gentle cleaning products that augment an already environmentally friendly process, as it uses less water than at-home car washing. As an added service to the community, Inside-n-Out facilitates fundraising events with no upfront costs to the participating organization.